Engaged to the Earl

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Engaged to the Earl: Irresistible Heroes

Romantic heroes are designed to be irresistible. The authors want you to fall in love with them, so they write the most handsome, courageous, generous heroes imaginable. But what makes some heroes stand out? If you have some ideas, please let us know in the comments below. Here are a few of mine, which I used when writing my story, Engaged to the Earl:

Princes and Billionaires

According to the book A Billion Wicked Thoughts, female readers can’t get enough of heroes who have power and prestige, such as billionaires, sheiks, and princes. However, hard-working and not very wealthy heroes such as cowboys are also perennially popular. It must be their rugged masculinity that draws readers in.

In Engaged to the Earl, I have written one character who has wealth and power, the Earl of Bradfield, as well as a more down-to-earth, manly hero, Tom Allen. I wonder which one readers will prefer?

Larger than Life

Most romance heroes tend to be large in their physical size and their… well, we won’t go there right now! But aside from that, they tend to behave very dramatically when they’re angry or up against a challenge. They will leave no stone unturned and will overcome any obstacle to protect the woman they love. These larger than life heroes are what all readers crave because we all want a hero who feels deeply and whose love is strong.

In my story, Tom will do heroic deeds to protect his beloved, while the earl is quite a drama queen (or king?), very quick to anger, but also extremely courteous and respectful of Martha when he finally comes to his senses.

Hard to Get

This doesn’t mean he plays hard to get, but he is really almost impossible to get, especially for the heroine. Think of Christian Grey from 50 Shades, who is so traumatized by his past that he is unable to have a real relationship, or the Black Corsair from Emilio Salgari’s classic novel, who has sworn vengeance upon the heroine’s father.

It seems nothing could happen to induce these attractive fellows to fall in love, and yet they do. The appeal of the “hard to get” hero is universal because we all crave the forbidden fruit.

When I was writing Engaged to the Earl, I made the title character appear completely indifferent to Martha’s charms because he sees her only as his wife in an arranged marriage, nothing more than a business partner. Martha’s liaison with Tom is even more impossible because Tom is a servant, and such a union would never be recognized by society. Despite all odds, Martha tries win the love of both of these men.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post. If you’re interested in erotic historical romance, please check out Engaged to the Earl at these links:

Amazon  viewBook.at/EngagedtotheEarl

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/611976

Nook Books http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/engaged-to-the-earl-carolee-croft/1123342990?ean=2940157995256

Coffee Time Romance and More reviewed Shadowwalker (A Leah Wolfe SINS Novel Book 5)

SHADOWWALKER~ February 7, 2015
Shadowwalker is a unique paranormal story which draws the reader in and makes them a part of the adventure. Raven is a vampire like no other and willing to risk it all for the special lady in his life. I enjoyed reading Shadowwalker and recommend the story for the paranormal lover at heart. Delane Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More – See more at: http://coffeetimeromance.com/BookReviews/shadowwalkerbook5byrhondalprint….
Shadowwalker is a unique paranormal story which draws the reader in and makes them a part of the adventure. Raven is a vampire like no other and willing to risk it all for the special lady in his life. I enjoyed reading Shadowwalker and recommend the story for the paranormal lover at heart. Delane Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More – See more at: http://coffeetimeromance.com/BookReviews/shadowwalkerbook5byrhondalprint.html#.VNZl3Y39M6YLSB Cover Art Template for PhotoShop

Review for Phoenix

Melissa reviewed Phoenix (A Leah Wolfe SINS Novel Book 4)

“a fast paced suspense filled story, which proves that love can bring wonderful things” October 24, 2013
Leah Wolfe would do anything for someone she loves even if it means putting herself in danger. So when her godson is kidnapped by Phoenix, a former Marquis, her immediate reaction is to agree to trade herself for him. However, her fiancé, Ian Nightwalker, a current Marquis, knows all about Phoenix and he tries to convince Leah to wait a bit and let him find another way to get the boy back.

As a federal agent Leah Wolfe would do anything for someone she loves even if it means putting herself in danger. So when her godson is kidnapped by Phoenix, a former Marquis, her immediate reaction is to agree to trade herself for him. However, her fiancé, Ian Nightwalker, a current Marquis, knows all about Phoenix and he tries to convince Leah to wait a bit and let him find another way to get the boy back.

As a federal agent for SINS, Leah feels more than able to pull a fast one on a madman, even if he is an ancient vampire, with the help of Ian and his team. However, things go a bit south when Leah is taken and she awakes and faces the horrors that Phoenix has created while searching for a way to revenge his dead lover. Leah has every faith in Ian and his people, but for her to get out of this situation in one piece and to take Phoenix and his creations down, it will take all of her skills along with Ian’s might. Along the way, Leah and Ian are going to be given something worth fighting for besides defeating a madman who threatens civilization as we know it.

phoenixYou should never make a SINS agent with powers cranky or her vampire fiancé because your life expectancy becomes non-existent. Leah and Ian prove this exact thing in Phoenix. No one, least of all me, should have been surprised when Leah instantly agreed to put herself into harm to save her godson. I have always loved her protectiveness of those that she loves; it’s such an intricate part of her. Nor was I surprised when Ian wanted to find another way to get the job done to try and keep Leah safe. I loved getting more of a glimpse of the intense love between Leah and Ian and was very happy when a huge surprise was revealed at the end of the book. I also enjoyed how twists that I originally thought were red herrings were revealed as part of Phoenix’s plot. Phoenix is a fast paced suspense filled story, which proves that love can bring wonderful things and cause horrible things depending on how fate turns.

This book was reviewed by Jo for Joyfully Reviewed (JR), and was provided by the publisher/author at no cost to JR for the purpose of being reviewed.

Review for Justified

Georgianna Hinton reviewed Justified (A Leah Wolfe SINS Novel Book 3)
get the series.
The book was awesome. I can’t wait for her next book to come out. She keeps you in suspense. Buy it now if you like being at the edge of your seat.
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Review for The Order of Chaos

The Order of Chaos

By JeanP- Amazon
I really enjoyed this story and these characters. Started it and couldn’t put it down. Look forward to reading more of these stories and find out more about what happens with the dynamics of these characters and their interactions.
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Review for Nightwalker

Nightwalker (A Leah Wolfe SINS Novel Book 1) Reviewed by Danielle G
for The Romance Reviews

Fascinating with a well-thought-out plot
Nightwalker is the first book in a series by Rhonda L. Print. Nightwalker follows Leah Wolfe, who used to work as a supernatural consultant and private detective for Supernatural Investigations of Non-Human Species (SINS) and the State of Arizona Public Safety Division. In Nightwalker, Leah is called in to help with a murder investigation, as her ability to communicate with the recently deceased and her experience with runes…
Nightwalker is the first book in a series by Rhonda L. Print. Nightwalker follows Leah Wolfe, who used to work as a supernatural consultant and private detective for Supernatural Investigations of Non-Human Species (SINS) and the State of Arizona Public Safety Division. In Nightwalker, Leah is called in to help with a murder investigation, as her ability to communicate with the recently deceased and her experience with runes is needed to solve the case, but this case is not like any other case Leah has helped with before.

NIGHTWALKER COVERNightwalker is a fantastic paranormal romance, which leaves its readers eagerly waiting for book 2 in the Leah Wolfe SINS series. It has an interesting and well thought-out plot. The book most certainly lives up to its potential, with a kick-ass heroine and many intriguing secondary characters, that will hopefully be featured in future novels in the Leah Wolfe SINS series. The novel is well-written, without any obvious plot-holes and the storylines were developed smoothly through out the novel. As well as the storyline, the dialogue also didn’t feel rushed or stilted. It is impossible to find fault with Nightwalker, as it is a novel that any paranormal romance fan should love.

This book can not be honestly rated lower than five stars, as Rhonda L. Print has delivered paranormal romance fans a new series to get hooked on.

Sneak Peek at Forget-Me-Not

Welcome to The Romance Reviews Mega Anniversary and Valentines Party! Enjoy the festivities and a sneak peek at my not-yet-released novel, Forget-Me-Not.

The screech of tires on asphalt had both men jerking their heads anticipating the inevitable crash.

A small woman with dark blond hair streaked by the sun, shapely legs and a trim waist highlighted by a conservative blue skirt and matching jacket stepped off the curb across the street. Both men sucked in a startled breath as she nearly got plastered to the blacktop by a passing car, then howled with laughter as she casually flipped off the driver and laughed at herself.

The men watched appreciatively as the woman strode across the street, removing the help wanted sign from the window as she pulled open the door, and marched to the office where they stood.

Jake and Ben exchanged amused looks.

Jake took in her wind tussled hair, silvery almost transparent pale blue eyes and the scoop of her button down silk shirt that shifted slightly askew and revealed the swell of her breasts. “Can I help you?” Jake held out his hand to shake hers.

“I’m Sarah Hall and I’m here to take the office manager job you have advertised.” She shook his hand then gave him the sign she’d taken down from the window. “I’m sure you’ll find my qualifications acceptable.”

Amused, he motioned for her to take a seat. “I’m Jacob Porter and I have some time right now to talk this over.” He placed his hand on Ben’s back and practically shoved him out the office door.

“Ben? I’m sure you have other work to do.”

Ben waggled his eyebrows, lifted a shoulder and casually left, shutting the door behind him.

 

Jake explained the responsibilities the job entailed and stubbornly tried to conduct himself as an interviewer instead of a date.

Sarah answered each question while looking him directly in the eyes, careful to exclude the years she’d spent studying a profession she’d never had any interest in. “When would you like me to start Mr. Porter?”

“You’re quite confident in yourself Mrs. Hall.” Jake noticed the way her tongue shot out to gently wet her lips, showing her nervousness.

“Miss Hall.” She corrected.

“Miss Hall.” He amended with a nod of his head. “You’re very confident in yourself, but I haven’t offered you the job yet.”

“You will.”

She flashed a smile at him and he swore his heart skipped a couple of beats.

She was right of course. He hadn’t really had another candidate as qualified for the job as she was. Not to mention he’d probably have to turn in his man card if he didn’t take a shot at getting to see her every day.

“Why do you think so?” She either read him very well or was just arrogant but he decided to play out the hand and see where it went.

“Well,” she began “the desk in the outer office,” she indicated the reception desk with a jerk of her chin, “as well as yours, is covered with paperwork. The phone hasn’t stopped ringing since I’ve walked in here and you’ve had more direct eye contact with my breasts than my eyes.”

Click on the Books, Blurbs and Excepts tab at the top of the page to find the answers to the Q&A. Better yet, buy Nightwalker: A Leah Wolfe SINS Novels and enjoy! NIGHTWALKER COVER